Abrams Garfinkel Margolis Bergson, LLP (AGMB) has announced that Neil B. Garfinkel, the firm’s Managing Partner and the Partner in Charge of its Real Estate and Banking Practices, has been appointed to the New York State Real Estate Board by Governor Andrew M. Cuomo. The term is for two years.

The New York State Real Estate Board has the authority to promulgate rules and regulations affecting real estate brokers and salespersons as they relate to the Real Property Law. As part of its responsibilities, the board studies the operations of the laws and regulations affecting real estate brokers and makes recommendations on related pending or proposed legislation.

Mr. Garfinkel has dedicated his legal career to the representation of the real estate brokerage and mortgage industries. He proudly serves as Broker Counsel to the Real Estate Board of New York (REBNY), where he hosts the REBNY Legal Line and authors the REBNY Question of the Week. Additionally, he and AGMB serve as Counsel to the Empire State Mortgage Bankers Association and the New York State Mortgage Brokers Association. He maintains the Senior Real Estate Specialist designation and is certified by the New York Department of State as an instructor of real estate courses. Mr. Garfinkel enjoys teaching and speaking about a variety of real estate and lending topics and he is frequently quoted in publications and media outlets nationwide.

He is a member of the New York State Bar Association, National Association of Realtors, New York State Association of Realtors, Long Island Board of Realtors, National Association of Mortgage Brokers, New York Association of Mortgage Brokers (Diamond Member), Mortgage Bankers Association of New York, and Community Bankers Mortgage Forum.

Mr. Garfinkel resides in Great Neck, New York, where he serves as a Trustee of the Village of Kensington.

The New York State Real Estate Board consists of the state’s Secretary of State, the Superintendent of the Department of Financial Services and 13 appointed members who are either real estate brokers or public members.

“It is an honor to be appointed to this prestigious board,” Mr. Garfinkel said. “I look forward to working with other members of the board in providing the necessary guidance on how rules and regulations affect real estate brokers in the state.”

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